Launch of book ‘Orson Welles in Hvar’

The book ‘Orson Welles in Hvar’, by Duško Kovačić and Daniel Rafaelić, was launched on August 17th during the 150th anniversary celebrations of organized tourism on Hvar.

Last year’s photo exhibit, marking the 100th anniversary of Welles’ birth, has been transformed into a beautiful book with hundreds of photos that evoke his stay in Hvar in 1967, and the filming of Dead Reckoning, to be later renamed The Deep.

Bound into 150 pages and divided into three chapters, the photos from the set of Welles’ never-completed film are accompanied by texts, capturing the context of the events of the time, written by Duško Kovačić, Daniel Rafaelić, Tonko Maroević, Slobodan P. Novak, Slavko Kovačić and Nenad Polimac.

Describing their memories in the book of the days when Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Oja Kodar, Laurence Harvey and Michael Bryant spent time filming in Hvar are Oja Kodar, screenwriter Ljuba Gamulin and Hvar residents who remember Welles’ distinct character and demeanour.

The book’s introduction emphasizes that in synthesizing two important anniversaries, the photo monograph is not only a record but has promotional and cultural relevance as well.

The publishers are the City of Hvar and the Tourism Board of the City of Hvar, and the book is an Artresor (Zagreb) publication.

Cover photos: on set of The Deep

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